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post #17836 of 19066
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Originally Posted by tharkun View Post

Yeah I thought so too but my one pair of Leeds never stretched and always kept pinching my pinky toe. Had to exchange them in the end. The other pair in the same size however did stretch and is fine now... I'd say as always: It depends smile.gif

Truth. At the end of the day you need to know your materials, but if you're talking most leather I think some stretch is anticipated. And in this case the heel slippage was enough of a sign to forego any further consideration.
post #17837 of 19066
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Originally Posted by benhour View Post

Let them sit and dry !! generally you have to have in mind that on tan shoes tend to occur this type of patina!! 

So I just went about applying a brand new coat of polish to my Red Wings with the same jar of Saphir cognac-colored cream, after both scooping out a portion of the jar (to avoid any possible previous contamination) and polishing with a brand new brush. The result was the same - dark spots quickly formed on the leather. Is there something about polishing brushes that is antithetical to shoe care?
post #17838 of 19066
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Originally Posted by parkman24 View Post
 

Crosspost from the Edward Green Appreciation Thread:

 

Gentlemen,

 

I would love to receive your input when you read this. How do you store your shoes? Do you keep them in shoe bags + box or do you keep them open on a shoe rack of some sort? I've been debating which one would be better for the longevity and health of the shoe...

 

Another factor that gets me a bit concerned about leaving the shoes out in the air on the shoe racks is the heat in my house... our house is always at at least 78 degrees fahrenheit (~26 degrees celsius). Perhaps leaving the shoes out exposed in that temperature may be bad for the shoes?

 

I'd love your input at your earliest convenience, gentlemen! Much appreciated in advance!

 

Personally I bag the shoes and store them on a shelf in my closet.  I don't think the box adds much other than tidiness, but I do save the boxes in the attic. 

 

I brush the shoes before I wear them to bring things up a bit, and after I wear them to remove any dirt/etc. on the shoes.  Then I bag them.  For me, the bags help keep dust from settling on the shoes so they are cleaner and preventing any desiccant effect the dust might have.  Also any minor bumps from one pair to another when putting them on or taking them off the shelf.

 

post #17839 of 19066
Woodlore Epic trees are back up on Mass Drop $35 + $9 shipping for two pairs, not sure if shipping is US only.

https://www.massdrop.com

I've bought 8 or so pairs, and I'm happy considering the price.
post #17840 of 19066
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Originally Posted by Jorge View Post

Woodlore Epic trees are back up on Mass Drop $35 + $9 shipping for two pairs, not sure if shipping is US only.

https://www.massdrop.com

I've bought 8 or so pairs, and I'm happy considering the price.

Ta. Just grabbed a couple pairs.
post #17841 of 19066

I just grabbed 4 pairs, bringing me up to 8.  I've really liked them.  

post #17842 of 19066
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Originally Posted by whorishconsumer View Post

Truth. At the end of the day you need to know your materials, but if you're talking most leather I think some stretch is anticipated. And in this case the heel slippage was enough of a sign to forego any further consideration.

Sure. Thing is these Leeds I was talking about differed in color only. Everything else was the same. So either it was the specific piece of leather they used or how much they stretched it over the last or something else I can't think of.
post #17843 of 19066
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Originally Posted by Jorge View Post

Woodlore Epic trees are back up on Mass Drop $35 + $9 shipping for two pairs, not sure if shipping is US only.

https://www.massdrop.com

I've bought 8 or so pairs, and I'm happy considering the price.

 

Good shoe trees but sizing gets a little tricky. I take a US8 W (UK7EE) and take a medium size. Problem is the tree isn't so elegantly shaped and pushes up too much. Might be worthwhile sanding them down to fit better. 

post #17844 of 19066
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Originally Posted by whorishconsumer View Post


So I just went about applying a brand new coat of polish to my Red Wings with the same jar of Saphir cognac-colored cream, after both scooping out a portion of the jar (to avoid any possible previous contamination) and polishing with a brand new brush. The result was the same - dark spots quickly formed on the leather. Is there something about polishing brushes that is antithetical to shoe care?

Generally no! Even if they are a little hard/stiff at start they ll become softer after some use!! 

 

Now according to the spots you have mentioned!! After a period of time did they get lighter?

 

Btw any photos would be much appreciated 

post #17845 of 19066
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Originally Posted by benhour View Post

Generally no! Even if they are a little hard/stiff at start they ll become softer after some use!! 

Now according to the spots you have mentioned!! After a period of time did they get lighter?

Btw any photos would be much appreciated 

Unfortunately not. After a week the spots I identified previously are still present. Below are photos of these same spots after I stripped the shoes with Reno-Mat. It appears whatever is causing this saturation or blackening has permeated to the base level of the leather.

In applying the pommadier to my Red Wings I started seeing the same thing occur - areas of darkened/black saturation. This was only when applying the creme with the polishing brush, which, again, was brand new. Unless there is some black pigment that has gotten mixed in with the creme - and has suffused through the whole jar - I can't think what would cause this. As it is, if I apply the creme with just a rag and give it a proper brushing the polish comes out balanced.




Edited by whorishconsumer - 2/27/16 at 3:19pm
post #17846 of 19066

I had something similar happen with a pair of shoes I had - water damage.  You might try the vinegar/water cleaning, and then polish them darker so it is less noticeable.  Worked reasonably (but not perfectly) well for me...

post #17847 of 19066
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Originally Posted by M635Guy View Post

I had something similar happen with a pair of shoes I had - water damage.  You might try the vinegar/water cleaning, and then polish them darker so it is less noticeable.  Worked reasonably (but not perfectly) well for me...

Normally I'd attribute it to water damage but these spots only appeared upon application of the polish. Therein lies my confusion.
post #17848 of 19066

Judging from the photos i think this is from uneven absorbtion of the cream causing over saturation in some spots! the darkened spots especially in the last photo the leather looks like it had rubbed on something! 

 

btw are these seconds?i ask cause i see the numbers marking on the pair 

post #17849 of 19066
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Originally Posted by whorishconsumer View Post

Normally I'd attribute it to water damage but these spots only appeared upon application of the polish. Therein lies my confusion.

My water-damaged shoes looked almost normal until they saw moisture or polish...
post #17850 of 19066
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Originally Posted by benhour View Post

Judging from the photos i think this is from uneven absorbtion of the cream causing over saturation in some spots! the darkened spots especially in the last photo the leather looks like it had rubbed on something! 

btw are these seconds?i ask cause i see the numbers marking on the pair 

Aha. Any suggestions on remedying this? The rubbing you're seeing would probably be my concentrated efforts to cover up the uneven polishing.

As for the numbering, that's Common Projects' branding - the display numbering on all pairs of their shoes.
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